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08/18/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Norman Hardee

Norman Carl Hardee
(28 Nov 1937 - 18 July 2016)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    There is more sad news if rather belated news today.
  Norman Hardee, husband of Linda Mahanes Hardee ('63) of Northern VA, passed away at Fairfax Hospital in Annadale on Monday, July 18, 2016 at the age of 78.

 From Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA - 08/18/16, 1:20 PM - "Death notices and updates":

Hi, Carol,

...The husband of Linda Mahanes Hardee, (NNHS, 1963, Editor of the Beacon), Norman Carl Hardee of McLean, VA, passed away on July 18, 2016 at Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, VA. He was born Nov. 28, 1937 in Greenville, NC. He was also my friend, boss and mentor for 28 years. He was an entrepreneur first class opening restaurants in VA, MD, PA, NC, TN under various names and always successful. But more than anything he will be remembered for how he treated his people and how many he helped when there was a need. That was for busboy and manager alike!

He left to survive, Linda, his wife of 50 years, a daughter, Lorianne, two sons, Norman Christopher Hardee and Joseph William Hardee, and lots of those grandees!! He was a giant in the restaurant business. (cause of death cancer)

Moving along:
William Gerald Bunting, a NNHS 1954 graduate, passed away Sept. 15, 2004 in Fairfax, VA. Jerry was born in Newport News, VA in August 1936 and initially went to work for Sears as quite a few NNHS folks did back then. Then Jerry joined Norman Hardee in the restaurant industry and of course was successful. He married Joyce Lynn Majette, a HHS grad, b. Sept. 1938 Hampton, VA and d. Jan. 4, 1984. Second wife was Sylvia J. Bunting who died Mar. 2, 2008. Jerry died from liver cancer.

Carol, I condensed this as much as I could but feel free to do any magic that you see needs doing.

As always, Thank you.

   Oh, Eddie, I'm so sorry to learn all this! I'm not certain how I could have missed it originally, but thank you so much for letting me know. You have my sincerest condolences on the loss of your friends.

From The Daily Press - 07/21/16:

         Norman Carl Hardee
      MCLEAN, VA - Norman Carl Hardee (Age 78) of McLean, VA passed away on July 18, 2016 at Fairfax Hospital, Annandale, VA.

He was born on November 28, 1937 in Greenville, NC where he lived until 1958 when he moved to Newport News, VA and became a department manager at Sears. In 1965, he started working at Fass Brothers Seafood and later started Fass Bros. Seafood House restaurants and expanded this into a chain with locations in VA and NC.

He left Newport News in 1974 to start Chesapeake Bay Seafood House Restaurants which he and his three partners expanded to locations in VA and MD. He and his partners later secured the franchise for Chili's and have opened over 30 restaurants in VA, MD and WV. Throughout his career, he opened over 100 restaurants. Chesapeake Bay Associates also owns and operates Chesapeake Bay Packing, a seafood processing plant in Newport News, VA.

In addition to business involvements, as a young man, he was an active member of the Hampton Roads Jaycees, served as a director at Bryce Resort and is a director at An Achievable Dream, schools for at risk children in Newport News. He is a member of the Tucker's Point Resort Club in Bermuda where he enjoyed playing golf.

Norman Hardee
He is survived by Linda Mahanes Hardee, his wife of 50 years; a daughter, Lorianne Hardee of Reston, VA; two sons, Norman Christopher Hardee and Joseph William Hardee of Washington, DC. He has 11 grandchildren: Robert Carl Wiscarson, Shannon Shults and Toni Wright of Yorktown, VA, Megan Lynn and Sarah Anne Nibley of Reston, VA, Dallas Marie, Christopher James, William Carl and Susanna Lynn Hardee of Washington, DC and Aksel Wilson and Ivona Asher Henley-Hardee of Washington, DC. He is also survived by 8 great-grandchildren and a brother, Hugh T. Hardee, Jr. of Grenville, NC.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilouise Wiscarson of Hampton, VA and a brother, Morris Eugene Hardee of Greenville, NC.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 1:00pm at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA with burial at Fairfax Memorial Park. A reception will be held following the services at J. Gilbert's Restaurant on Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested for An Achievable Dream Inc., 10858 Warwick Blvd, Suite A, Newport News, VA 23601, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or a charity of your choice. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in
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July 19, 2016

The owners and staff at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call on us at anytime as we are always available to you. Jon Shaffer Funeral Director Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home
~ Jon Shaffer

July 20, 2016

What a loss. What a wonderful man. We're glad to have called him our friend.

~ Sue and Bruce Ambacher

July 20, 2016

Our prayers and thoughts. He was a wonderful, kind and very intelligent man. Kyle and Gerry Highsmith

~ Dr. Geraldine Highsmith and Kyle Highsmith

July 20, 2016

He was a great and loving brother, we loved him and will miss him.

~ Hugh and Shirley Hardee

July 21, 2016

I am so happy he had time to enjoy his grandchildren. He was a great mentor to me in my early career and life! A true Mentor never truly dies! Their work lives On! My deepest condolences.

~ Katherine Flanagan

July 21, 2016
I remember as a child in NC Norman's being so nice to Aunt Retha and Bonnie. Prayers, Ann Tripp Carraway

~ Ann T. Carraway

July 21, 2016
I worked for CBSH for 20+ years. I met Norman at the Fairfax location. I was 16. During all those years you couldn't ask for better boss. You needed something, you got it. Helped so many along the way...including me. Forever grateful.

~ Mike Covington

July 21, 2016
Pete and I are sorry to hear of Norm's passing. We will always remember his spirit, generosity, and the fun we had knowing him. We will be unable to celebrate his life with the family and many friends.

~ Pete and Bonnie Kresky

July 21, 2016
Roger and I are very sad to hear of Norman's passing. Norman hired me back in 1978 and I worked for Chesapeake 'til the very end. He always told you what you needed to do, and thanked you for a job well done. He was always caring and good to people. I learned so very much working with Chesapeake and it has carried me through today. I thank him for the opportunity and being a great influence throughout all those years. He always treated us like family and Chesapeake will always be family. Our prayers and thoughts will always be with you and his family. God bless you, Norman, and thank you for being such a great individual and caring person.

~ Theresa and Roger Hart
August 19, 2016   

August 19, 2016

August 19, 2016

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Linda and to Norman's entire family and many friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

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Words and Music by Alice Hawthorne (11 May 1827 - 22 Nov 1902), 1868

"Alice Hawthorne" was really Setimus Winner, one of the most versatile writers of the mid-19th century.
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Soft as the voice of an angel
Breathing a lesson unheard;
Hope with a gentle persuasion
Whispers her comforting word.

Wait till the darkness is over,
Wait till the tempest is done;
Hope for the sunshine tomorrow,
After the shower is gone.

Whispering Hope,
Oh, how welcome thy voice,
Making my heart
in its sorrow rejoice.

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